Jan 10, 2013 4:00pm EST
he nominated his chief of staff, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary but the announcement is drawing attention to the makeup of the president's second-term cabinet. it's on track to be dominated by men. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us from the white house. what is the white house saying about all of this? >> reporter: wolf, the white house has been asked about this quite a bit. white house press secretary jay carney has said that the president believes diversity is important and he's highlighted that there are a number of women serving in the white house and in the administration and indeed there are, wolf, and there's lack of topics in his cabinet. president obama choose a trusted insider to replace timothy geithner as treasury secretary. >> under president clinton, he presided over three budget surpluses in a row. so for all of the talk out there about deficit reduction, making sure our books are balanced, this is the guy who did it three times. >> reporter: jack lew, obama's chief of staff and former budget director, has been by the president'
Jan 9, 2013 4:00pm EST
has decided to nominate his current white house chief of staff, jack lew to secede timothy geithner. gloria, do we expect any serious opposition? >> well, there are going to be republicans who oppose him. senator sessions, the ranching republican on the budget committee came out and said he would not support jack lew. >> because? >> because of his testimony before the deficit committee and that the budget could be reduced. he said that's evidence that jack lew should not be confirmed. particularly on these fiscal matters, he did run the office of budget during the debt ceiling negotiations and i remember from covering those debt ceiling noish ags that republicans didn't like him very much, wolf. some of them said to me that jack lew kept moving the goal posts on them. yes, there will be opposition. for chuck hagel, no. i believe in the end jack lew will get confirmed. but i'll tell you this, the reason the white house put off the announcement of jack lew until tomorrow is because of the fiscal cliff. they didn't want it to get involved in the negotiations for the fiscal cliff. they
Jan 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
high-profile jobs. i'm also told, by the way, that jack lew who currently serves as the chief of staff to the president, been very involved in these fiscal cliff negotiations, is likely to be nominated as the next treasury secretary. he's got some republican opponents on the hill. and there's some concern in the business community that he doesn't have enough business and market expertise. but he is expected to be confirmed after nomination. >> chuck hagel, maybe to defense. jack lew to treasury. still have to do cia -- other jobs to do as well. but the president is still in hawaii right now, coming back over the weekend. >> and it's interesting when you talk about this president and talking to people who are familiar with his thought process. it's really about a comfort level for this president. he likes to nominate people he already knows, feels comfortable with in his inner circumstance. . we've seen that on the white house staff, for example. that's what i think we're seeing here in these nominations. >> obviously feels comfortable with john kerry who was nominated as secretar
Jan 11, 2013 1:00pm PST
comics new material. even the president joked about jack lew's loopy signature saying he better make it more readable before it's printed on u.s. dollar bills. listen to what some of the professional comics are saying. >> that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip, stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boyoyoyong. >> he worked at hostess as a cupcake icer, and now he's -- it's good. it's about time our bills look like they were signed by a roomba. >> our bills should have nothing ridiculous on it, just old men in wigs and pyramids with eyes. is this even a signature? or did he start drawing charlie brown and give up after the hair? good grief. and it got no better when lew explained his fiscal philosophy saying, quote, i described budgets as tapestry, when it's woven together our picture amounts to the hopes and dreams of a nation. >> that is so funny. let's check in with erin burnett, coming up at the top of the hour. i guess you'r